New HWRC Planned As Facilities “Unsafe” In Bath
Bath and North East Somerset Council is planning a new recycling centre after the facilities at its Midland Road depot were considered to be “unfit for purpose” and “present significant health and safety issues.”
It’s being reported that the council is seeking permission to spend £320,000 to progress with the plans, as well as spend more than half-a-million pounds further to relocate its street cleansing depot to a location outside of Bath. This will form part of the Council’s £1bn enterprise zone – the transformation of the River Avon with 9,000 new jobs, 2,500 homes, and up to 650,000 square feet of business space to be created.
A council document online, as reported originally by the Bath Chronicle, reads: “The council’s waste and recycling facilities at Midland Road Bath are outdated, no longer fit for purpose and present significant health and safety concerns. The use is incompatible with surrounding development, and the opening of the two-way bridge at Midland Road escalates the need to remove operational heavy goods vehicles from this location. Future operational efficiencies can be gained by consolidating collection, recycling, refuse collection & waste transfer operations on one site, as well as maximising opportunities to increase recycling and reduce associated landfill and disposal costs.”
BigBelly Trial Brings Results In Bradford
Following the successful trial of nine of its smart stations in Shipley in the City of Bradford, the presence of Bigbelly’s solar powered compacting is set to expand.
The trial saw 606-litre Bigbelly units replace 34 100-litre bins, and this reduced the number of manual collections from 15,300 to only 285 between November 2015 and April 2016. It also saved 750 man-hours attributable to conventional manual collection, which were reinvested in other front-line services.
The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council will now extend Bigbelly’s on-street presence to 47 smart stations across Keighley, Bingley and areas within Bradford City Centre, while it is also looking to roll out a further 150 units in the near future.
Irish Council Expects Meeting Waste Targets To Be “Difficult”
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has said it will find meeting its waste to landfill “difficult to meet” in the coming years.
Local press reports that a report on the challenge to the local authority’s environmental services has been presented. It includes statistics that show that both the legacy Fermanagh and Omagh councils met their landfill and recycling targets for 2014-15, with the amount of waste sent to landfill by Fermanagh council in 2014-15 being 10,048 tonnes, while Omagh council sent 7,323 tonnes. Fermanagh council utilised 99.05 percent of its available allowances to meet the targets, while Omagh council utilised 84.74 per cent.
But with the amount of waste that each council is allowed to send to landfill due to be reduced in the coming years, the report states that the local authority will find it “difficult to meet the targets going forward”.
“We are currently doing a number of waste infrastructure improvements which will help however new initiatives will be required in order for the Council to meet the 2020 NILAS and Recycling Targets,” the report states, while www.impartialreporter.com adds that Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has entered into an agreement with both Mid Ulster and Derry and Strabane councils to transfer any surplus allowance should any one of the three local authorities fall below their targets.